The full title of this motherboard gives you an idea of what to expect. Backwardly compatible with USB 1. Everything is held inside the case snugly, and with its glossy finish, it’s quite a change from the average bland motherboard box of old. To give us an idea of how the differency memory sub-systems handle a real game, we benchmarked the popular Serious Sam 2. Other system processes take their toll when running memory at DDR, such that it can’t satiate the Athlon’s memory desire. Even with today’s powerful processors, we still have to wait a considerable time before a ‘DVD-rip’ is complete.
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As is MSI’s recent tradtion, this board comes jam-packed with features. Although packaging is something we usually don’t talk about, it’s obvious that MSI has spent some sounr to money to make their motherboard boxes look good.
We tried to engineer a situation where stability would be compromised. As with previous USB 2. With a 4x AGP 2. MSI, historically, have not paid too much attention to the overclocking community. However with the good, inevitably come some of the few quirks that were present in the KTPro2. We’re seeing a continuing trend suond, one that shows that running asynchronously offers a small benefit.
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DVD encoding is another popular pastime of our readers. The inclusion of ATA support is another future-proof move that should pay dividends as soon as hard drives catch up. Even with today’s powerful processors, we still have to wait a considerable time before a ‘DVD-rip’ is complete. The board is essentially jumper-free with only the ubiquitous clear CMOS jumper making an appearance behind the third fan header.
MSI KT3 Ultra2 – motherboard – ATX – Socket A – KT333 Series
Once rebooted it guesses a decent, overclocked speed, quite clever really. In our eyes, the best has just got slightly better. We feel that MSI’s interpretation of the KT chipset has been a successful one, one that marries performance to stability.
RAID 1 on the other hand mirrors two drives of the same size, so in theory if one drive fails, the other will take over as the primary hard drive and the system can continue to operate normally. We wouldn’t recommend running RAID 0 for important data as there is no redundancy. Although not directly in the way, it can be a nuisance if, like us, you change your AGP cards often. Vcore voltage is adjustable in 0.
We believe msii fact that there is a difference is testament to the slightly increased memory throughput available to the Athlon at DDR On closer inspection of the individual results, we find that Lobby tests gain the greatest improvement.
We see a comprehensive list of features that allow one to experiment with overclocking. Whilst slightly improving on an already excellent chipset, we feel as if Via’s efforts were not totally convincing.
Here we see a tie across the board, it appears that LAME encoding is purely CPU-intensive, an increased memory bus seems to have little ms on the results. Let’s illustrate our point pictorially. If you’re looking for a Socket A motherboard to replace one from an older platform, or are seeking one that will give you maximal performance, then the MSI should most definitely make it onto your shortlist. One detraction is that the bluetooth connection is shared with one of the USB 2.
It seems as if Via are more than content with the performance of the KTA chipset as no major performance enhancements are evident with the KT In that lt3 we didn’t have one crash that could be attributable to the motherboard, It was and is the paradigm of stability.
If, however, we were upgrading from an older Socket A platform, we would see no sense in buying a KTA based motherboard.
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The greater memory throughput available allows the Athlon to truly flex its muscles in this test. We tried the test at different Ulra speeds and found the boards tied for performance. FSB selection is flexible too, ranging from – Mhz in 1Mhz increments, something which the hltra and tweaking community will be grateful for. DVD encoding is another activity that thrives on memory bandwidth.
The major difference being the support for a DDR memory bus. Let’s have a look at the results.